April 19, 2012
I'm taking the 6-day Modern Expression II workshop at the Chicago Mosaic School with Verdiano Marzi. We're three days into it and it's been absolutely amazing. Verdiano is a powerful teacher. Matteo Randi is translating for Verdiano this time. Last year I took the Modern Expression I workshop and it transformed my practice... I feel like this workshop is going to result in an even greater understanding of mosaic and what I can do as an artist.
March 30, 2012
On a recent trip, I saw this t-shirt worn by a man between the ages of, I'm guessing, 17-23.
March 23, 2012
February 28, 2012
When George Watsky was kicked out of his high school English class for talking back, poetry was the last thing on his mind.
That’s when his teacher referred him to Youth Speaks, an after school program that encourages young people to express themselves using their own vernacular, and for a teenager who had only been exposed to classic poetry like Shakespeare, witnessing spoken word poetry for the first time ignited inspiration.
February 9, 2012
Lectures just aren’t her thing.
In class, Gretchen Cohenour is often seen tossing her body from left to right in hundreds of fluid movements, collapsing to the ground and moving in an elegant pattern or casting her weight onto her hands and contorting her body to the sounds of the ambient music she has looping in the background.
February 2, 2012
Why do students of all ages differ so greatly in school performance? There are a plethora of reasons for this phenomenon, but one of the largest reasons is the achievement gap. The achievement gap begins even before children enter the public education system, leaving students who have less experience and support, far behind as their peers accelerate. When left untreated, this gap steadily widens as the students continue on in...
September 7, 2011
Thing 1 did not want me to take her picture getting on the bus. There were big kids looking out the window. So today, I will have to try again and alter the memory book of the first day of school. This implies I have a memory book rather than a lumpy pile of keepsakes waiting for divine intervention.
August 23, 2011
Overheard as I passed a classroom last semester:
God, I hate this. This class is so stupid...
What makes you say it's stupid?
It just is!
I've found that people often say a class -- or anything else, for that matter -- is stupid when in fact they are simply uncomfortable with the ideas being examined.
August 15, 2011
A little back-tracking
August 8, 2011
There is a low mist sitting just above a field of wild flowers on Madeline Island. It is quiet and noisy at the same time. No street traffic to speak of and my brain won't shup up.